To feel free. What it means to me right now, at this stage of my life and when being a pilgrim.
The first thoughts that come to my mind are those about simplicity. Simplicity is actually one of the seven pilgrim words, and since all the words are connected, they become a perfect mix too.
We, the human race, have been talking and longing for freedom ever since we started to walk the earth. To loose the chains that we ourselves create for ourselves, and eventually the people we surround ourselves with. But this is also something that spread like rings on water. Like everything else.
Anyway, to me, as I feel right now, and have felt for the last one year since I walked my first Camino, freedom is simplicity. In order to be able to feel free, I need simplicity. And I get this when walking, carrying nothing more than I need.
Which pair of shorts should I wear? I only have one pair
I would love to write with a red pen instead, can I? No, I only have one pen.
This food is booring, I need something else to cheer me up! Food is not booring. Food is fuel and about sharing happily together. Everything tastes good when you start to peel of the layers. Not literally, but more about going back to basics. Every meal tastes like the best you have ever had, would not that be something?
So freedom to me is about simplicity, which means going down to basics. Food, water, sleep, smile at someone, ask someone if she needs help, watching summer turn into autumn, the changing of seasons. To be there at that special moment in time, when one of the first leaves fall from the beautiful white birch.
''The freedom and simple beauty is just too good to pass up''
''It should not be denied... that being footloose has always exhilarated us. It is associated in our minds with escape from history and oppression and law and irksome obligations, with absolute freedom, and the road has always led West.”
I am leaving Sweden soon. About two more weeks, maybe a bit longer, just to have time to say goodbye. It feels quite surreal. 700 km. And it all went so fast, it all went so fast. Looking forward to the exotic feeling of walking in another country so that I finally and hopefully can return to the Santiago de Compostela and all the towns along the way where I left a piece of my heart. I will not bring it back though. It will always stay there, and I will continue the walk through life.
Good night and sleep tight :-)!
LOVE and PEACE